befuddle vs fuddle what difference

what is difference between befuddle and fuddle

English

Etymology

be- +‎ fuddle

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /bɪˈfʌdl/
  • Rhymes: -ʌdl

Verb

befuddle (third-person singular simple present befuddles, present participle befuddling, simple past and past participle befuddled)

  1. (transitive) To perplex, confuse (someone).
  2. (transitive) To stupefy (someone), especially with alcohol.

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:confuse

Derived terms

  • befuddlement

Translations



English

Etymology

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Compare Dutch vod (soft), German dialect fuddeln (to swindle).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfʌdəl/
  • Rhymes: -ʌdəl

Verb

fuddle (third-person singular simple present fuddles, present participle fuddling, simple past and past participle fuddled)

  1. (transitive) To confuse or befuddle.
  2. (transitive) To intoxicate.
    • 1863, Henry Walter Bates, The Naturalist on the River Amazons (volume 1, chapter IV)
      There was a kind of festival going on, and the people fuddled themselves with caxirí, an intoxicating drink invented by the Indians. It is made by soaking mandioca cakes in water until fermentation takes place, and tastes like new beer.
  3. (intransitive) To become intoxicated; to get drunk.

Derived terms

  • (to confuse): fuddlesome (confusing)
  • (to become intoxicated): fuddlecap, fuddler (drunkard), fuddling (intoxication)

Translations

Noun

fuddle (countable and uncountable, plural fuddles)

  1. Intoxication.
  2. (uncountable) Intoxicating drink; liquor.
  3. Muddle, confusion.
  4. (Britain, dialect, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Bedfordshire) A party or picnic where attendees bring food and wine; a kind of potluck.

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